The Woman on the Stairs

  • Title: The Woman on the Stairs
  • Author: Bernhard Schlink
  • ISBN: 9781474600651
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Woman on the Stairs From the author of the internationally bestselling classic THE READER a tale of obsession possession and a mystery painting For decades the painting was believed to be lost But just as mysteriously
    From the author of the internationally bestselling classic THE READER, a tale of obsession, possession and a mystery painting For decades the painting was believed to be lost But, just as mysteriously as it disappeared, it reappears, an anonymous donation to a gallery in Sydney The art world is stunned but so are the three men who loved the woman in the painting, the woFrom the author of the internationally bestselling classic THE READER, a tale of obsession, possession and a mystery painting For decades the painting was believed to be lost But, just as mysteriously as it disappeared, it reappears, an anonymous donation to a gallery in Sydney The art world is stunned but so are the three men who loved the woman in the painting, the woman on the stairs One by one they track her down to an isolated cottage in Australia Here they must try to untangle the lies and betrayals of their shared past but time is running out The Woman on the Stairs is an intricately crafted, poignant and beguiling novel about creativity and love, about the effects of time passing and the regrets that haunt us all.

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    About Bernhard Schlink


    1. Bernhard Schlink is a German jurist and writer He became a judge at the Constitutional Court of the federal state of North Rhine Westphalia in 1988 and has been a professor of public law and the philosophy of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany since January 2006.His career as a writer began with several detective novels with a main character named Selb a play on the German word for self In 1995 he published The Reader Der Vorleser , a partly autobiographical novel The book became a bestseller both in Germany and the United States and was translated into 39 languages It was the first German book to reach the number one position in the New York Times bestseller list.


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    1. A mergers and acquisitions lawyer in Frankfurt is asked by his firm, early in his career, to settle an odd dispute between an artist, Karl Schwind, and the wealthy businessman, Peter Gundlach, who bought Schwind’s painting, The Woman on the Stairs. This becomes an oscillating feud, with complaints that Gundlach defaced the painting and subsequently that Schwind cut it with a knife, as well as discord regarding the restoration. After we discover who the subject of the painting is, the plot prog [...]

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    2. For the first half I would have given it a 4. It's one of those "what's it all about Alfie?" puzzles or an allegory. I call these metaphysical and philosophy class fare with the usual Germanic cultural spins my "what's it all about Alfie" category. I'm sure some of you remember the song. So the state of "human" here always carries the morose and linear "end" state forever in every second to minute stage of each individual's homo sapiens' cognition. Fatalistic spices are also heavily added by cup [...]

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    3. Once upon a time in Germany, three men begin an obsessive love with the elusive “woman on the stairs”, Irena – the business titan Gundlach, the famed painter Scwind, and our unnamed narrator, an M&A attorney who represents Schwind.I’ve started this review in a fairy-tale fashion because for me, this book read somewhat like an allegory. The premise it spins on is developed in the first 25 pages: Schwind is commissioned as a painter for Gundlach, the subject being his much younger wife [...]

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    4. Meine MeinungFür mich war „Die Frau auf der Treppe“ der erste Roman von Bernhard Schlink, ich bin durch eine begeisterte Rezension auf das Buch aufmerksam geworden und habe es sofort auf die Wunschliste gesetzt. Ein wiederaufgetauchtes Kunstwerk und eine tragische Liebesgeschichte - das klang nach einer reizvollen Mischung. Außerdem gehört Schlink seit seinem Bestseller „Der Vorleser“ ohne Zweifel zu den deutschen Autoren, die man zumindest einmal gelesen haben sollte.Ich bin immer et [...]

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    5. I'm half way through and I don't really care to finish. You could basically call this "There's Something About Irene". All of these dudes come after this woman because of how she makes them feel about themselves, not because they give a shit about her. The only satisfying conclusion I can come up with is if she burns down her house with all three of these douchebags inside.

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    6. Meh. Affairs and penis feels. Pass.

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    7. dreamersandco/2016/03/i-gyΗ γυναίκα στη σκάλα (εκδόσεις Κριτική, 2016) του Bernhard Schlink είναι μια ιστορία έρωτα και συνεχούς διεκδίκησης του, πάνω απ’ όλα όμως είναι μια ιστορία ολοκλήρωσης.Όλα περιτριγυρίζονται γύρω από έναν πίνακα, όπως και στο αριστουργηματικό Πορτραίτο του Ντόριαν Γκρέ [...]

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    8. Meine Mutter übergab mir dieses Buch, nachdem sie es in der Mitte abgebrochen hatte. Genervt mistete sie es aus, denn sie wollte ihm keinen Platz in ihrem Bücherregal einräumen. Von ihrer Abwertung negativ beeinflusst, landete das Buch bei mir zunächst in einem hohen Bücherstapel und verstaubte dort. Ich kramte es Monate später für eine Urlaubsreise wieder hervor, weil ich auf der Suche nach einer leichten Zuglektüre war. Auch ein Rezensent der ZEIT beschreibt den Roman in mitleidigem To [...]

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    9. I'm not quite sure what to make of this book. It was such an awkward start, with a young attorney involved in a ludicrous contract, falling immediately in love with a mysterious women. I had a very hard time buying into the storyline and never particularly liked the protagonist.But there's something compelling about Schlink's simple and direct writing. I finished this in two sittings. And, in an unusual admission for me, this book finished stronger than it began.Not sorry I read it, but I won't [...]

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    10. Սա Շլինկի առաջին գործն էր, որ կարդացի: Փոքր վեպ է, գերմանական կարգապահությամբ գրված գերմանական կարգապահության մասին: Եթե ճանապարհորդում եք, կամ եթե վաղուց չեք ընթերցել, բայց ցանկանում եք մի գրքից սկսել, ապա սկսեք Շլինկի այս գրքից: Այն սկսվում է որպես դեդեկտիվ, հետո դառնում թ [...]

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    11. The Woman on the Stairs is very easy to read, with short, sharp chapters and nary a loose word from start to finish. I was half way through before I realised that I wasn't just reading a fast and easy mystery, but a work of genius. My only negative was a slightly unconvincing portrayal of coastal NSW, though he managed Sydney quite well. I'm still thinking about The Woman on the Stairs, twenty-four hours after I finished it.

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    12. Mein erstes Buch von Bernhard Schlink und nicht mein letztes.

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    13. This book starts with a generous measure of vague purpose or direction that almost led me to abandon the book. But, doggone it, I had just recently abandoned at least 4 books I didn't have enough patience to read. This one had me guessing as to who would be murdered and why and how since it centers on the love of one woman by three very different men and very different types of love. So I kept on reading, wanting to find where the author was going with this strange plot. There was no murder, but [...]

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    14. The early part of this novel by Schlink unfolds across two timeframes. We're there as our narrator comes across Woman on Staircase in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The painting comes as a surprise as the last time the man saw it he was representing its painter and in love with its subject.As a young lawyer in Germany, our unnamed narrator meets painter Karl Schwind and his mistress Irene Gundlach. Schwind's seeking access to the picture of Irene from Peter, Irene's estranged husband (who c [...]

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    15. PUes no sé muy bien qué nota poner a esta obra Está bien escrita, unas partes mejor que otras, y trata temas trascendentes, ejem pero me ha recordado a otra del mismo autor (El lector), no en temática sino en estructura: un hombre se ilusiona con una mujer que lo utiliza para sus fines y luego en el futuro, cuando son viejos se vuelven a reencontrar y tal y cual. Dudo mucho sobre la nota, porque por un lado, como digo, sí, es una obra que se lee fácil, y tiene cosas que me han emocionado, [...]

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    16. This was a strangely interesting novel; not at all what I expected.Well translated and easy to read with many unexpected developments.

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    17. I picked this up because of the synopsis before realising who the author was. A few years ago, I read Bernard Schlink's most well-known novel The Reader and enjoyed it, though some of the themes were a little out of my comfort zone at the time, so I was really excited to pick this one up. The synopsis contained several of my 'buzzwords', words that will automatically entice me to pick up a book: painting, mysteriously disappeared, isolated cottage, Australia, betrayal. This is one of the first [...]

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    18. This novel took some getting used to. It is not as lyrical in prose as Toni Morrison or Simon Van Booy. There is nothing overly remarkable about the way the story begins, except that Schlink chooses to have the narrator speak directly to the reader (I wonder why?) about a painting, an imagine of a woman, nude, descending a staircase. Schlink uses the painting as a catalyst to delve deeper into the lives of the four people affected most by it. The husband, Gundlach, who commissioned it, his wife [...]

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    19. How comfortable are you with stereotypical characters? This appears to be the question Schlink is asking. The business magnate who can't accept that money can't buy everything, even the woman he is in love/obsession with. The controlling, ambitious artist, who can't let go of his pieces. The enigmatic, beautiful woman, drawn to these men who radiate power, and yet not allowing herself to be possessed. And most stereotypical of all, the love triangle that these people inhabit. It might not matter [...]

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    20. I found this latest book from Bernhard Schlink tedious. I had high expectations as I found The Reader so moving and profound. This is neither.I did not warm to the un-named narrator, who was unappealing: self centred, pedantic, a borderline stalker and ultimately unbelievable. The woman on the stairs, Irene, was never fleshed out as a real woman and was a barely veiled device to drive what little narrative this novel had. What was the point? If I want existential angst, I will return to a master [...]

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    21. Translated from the German, Excellent ReaderInteresting story --maybe more so bc I've been in several locations mentioned. I think much could have been cut out--perhaps the author is so well-known in Germany that an editor wouldn't want to insult him. Had to pay attention to the time gaps --and also the fantasy history the "narrator" made up near the end to entertain Ireneo, "the Narrator" treated Irene much better than she deserved.--and from his memories, better than how he'd treated his wife [...]

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    22. An interesting read from the author of The Reader - a book I recall that I loved. This was about a woman from a painting called the Woman on the Stairs and her relationship with the painter, the owner, and the lawyer - a triangle of strange connections between her and these three men. It didn’t enthral me but I was curious about the plot and its eventual resolution when the painting appears after many years have passed.

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    23. Normalmente, cualquier libro que toque el tema del arte, aunque sea tangencialmente, tiene muchas papeletas para gustarme.En este caso, ni eso, ni el tono dulcemente intimista que alcanza la novela en su ultima parte (y lo unico que la salva del desastre mas absoluto) consiguen realzar un libro que me ha dejado completamente frio.

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    24. It had a lot of potential in the first part of the book - a missing painting, a mysterious woman involved with three different men for varying reasonsbut it never reached its full potential. Once into the second and third parts, I struggled to see the point of continuing the book.

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    25. ¡Excelente de principio a fin!

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    26. Interesting! Not quite sure how I feel. Liked the story but was a little hard to connect to.

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    27. A really interesting in depth analysis of an odd relationship. I found it enthralling.

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    28. Bernard wasn't entirely sure which storyline he would write, so he had a go at both! A disappointing tale of love, regret and lost opportunity. A heavy focus on what might have been for the main character and the woman of the title pervade the final chapters of the book. We are expected to entirely overlook the fact that she never really cared for him and seemingly still does not.Uninspiring, convoluted and repetitive dialogue. Disappointing.

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    29. I first came across Bernhard Schlink's work when I saw the Academy Award winning movie, The Reader, which I regard as one of the finest stories to be told. So, I picked up The Woman on the Stairs with much expectation. I admit that at one level I was disappointed by the story of a lawyer who goes in search of the woman (and the muse for a renown painting) who had manipulated him to get her hands on the painting. It so happens that Irene is caught between two men--her ex-husband whom she had left [...]

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    30. What is this story about? Well, I'll quote the author from the novel and say the premise is: 'Two men have got into a mess and want to sort it out, and whether they succeed depends on the woman.' But then there is a third man, the narrator, a German lawyer whom is never named and who felt to me a very half-formed man. Not endearing really, least of all because he says "people who find novels more colourful than history are not taxing their imagination'. The two men - the business man, Peter Gund [...]

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